Yes, this is Thanksgiving season and devastation is still all around, but so is the presence of God.
And for that, I give thanks.
As with any condition, it is tempting to tell ourselves that our problems will just burden others or they’re really not that bad. As a result, we often try to pull ourselves up by our boot straps and put on a happy face. But journeying through SAD alone will be more wearisome in the long run. We were never meant to fight our battles completely alone. Would the Apostle Paul have been able to continue his ministry without the support of local churches, Titus, Luke, and others?
Unfortunately, we couldn’t have dreamed up vows that were actually in-line with what reality would throw at us. Marriage wasn’t an earthly paradise.
Still, if Halloween only warned of the evil that continues to manifest itself in our world, it would be a scary holiday, indeed. However, Halloween—or All Hallows Eve—was initially placed in the Christian calendar as merely the evening before All Hallows Day, also known as All Saints Day, which was then followed by All Souls Day as part of Hallowtide.
In my experience, the teacher is most effective when he or she is more than a well of knowledge and trivia, and instead simultaneously strives to mentor in virtue and wisdom. However, here in our modern world, the stereotype leans heavier on the former job description, while the latter is pawned off onto other people. I mean, it’s easier. Less dirty.
Because of the work God has done in me over the past six years, I was able to own these emotions without feeling shame. I could look at them, have compassion for myself, and allow God’s truths to wash over me. Even if I didn’t do well in the callback, I am still a child of God.
So what’s our part? As the church, what can we do? How are we to respond to something so offensive yet so common that the body created its own hashtag, #churchtoo, to point to the sexual, relational and spiritual abuse that happens within our walls?
Another stigma that needs to be broken is that Christians don't wrestle with mental health...or that they can be cured overnight if they just believe in Jesus enough. Please don't believe those lies.